Horizon Award

Gary E. Bird Horizon Award

Recognizing Excellence in Innovative Risk Management
Techniques and Processes in the Construction Industry

Given every year at the IRMI Construction Risk Conference, the award is named in honor of Gary E. Bird. Gary expanded the risk management horizon as he searched for new and innovative ways to approach the risks associated with large construction projects.


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About the Award

Who Was Gary Bird?

Gary Bird

Gary Bird was the director of risk management for Phelps Dodge Corporation for 12 years, the original author of The Wrap-Up Guide published by IRMI, and a forward-thinking and respected member of the construction risk management community. An avid horseman, he felt claustrophobic in big cities because he "needed to see the horizon."

Along with many friends and colleagues, Gary tragically died on September 11, 2001. Afterward, IRMI renamed the Construction Risk Management Best Practices Award the Gary E. Bird Horizon Award in honor of his memory.

Mission Statement

To promote the awareness of innovative risk management processes and techniques that are cost-efficient and effective in the construction industry. The identification and communication of these best practices will spur others in the risk management community to review and develop their own best practices.

Submission Process

Submissions for CRC38 will begin shortly. Check back here for details on the submissions process. 

    2017 Winner

    The Gary E. Bird Horizon Award was presented at the 37th IRMI Construction Risk Conference (CRC) to Shawn Connick and Ashley Hogue of Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd. This award recognized the committee for their innovative construction industry hazards booklet.

    “Pankow showed that with some significant focus, any company could take the concepts of serious injury or fatality and apply it to their own company by refocusing the safety program,” said Travelers Vice President of Construction Jennifer Lee. “Their focus on the exposures that could potentially drive their most serious losses is a process that any construction company could use.”

    The other finalists for the award were Sam Hatchell of Jaynes Corporation and Kevin King with Turner Construction Company.

    Learn more about the winning submission, and view the committee’s flyer.


    Prior Winners

    • 2016 Winner

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    • 2014 Winner

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    • 2002 Winner

    • 2001 Winner

    • 2000 Winner

    • 1999 Winner


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